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October 12, 2006

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Chirol

Glad you enjoyed the post. As Shloky noted in the comments, another attribute would surely be that the state is homogenous whether ethnically or religiously.

I'm also unsure today as to whether the second to last point was clear. It reinforces earlier points that by making outsider players vulnerable if you "go offline" you create internal stability.

And most obviously, non-state actors need to be addressed such as Hizballah, drug smuggling cartels and the like. I think they will have a lot in common with your GGs.

Looking forward to your thoughts!

shloky

"I think they will have a lot in common with your GGs."

I'd go a step further and say everyone is writing about different facets of a single overarching topic.

John Robb

True. GGs except they are "legal" states.

gmoke

Was it Bruce Sterling or Neil Stephenson who wrote about small countries becoming powerful by being secure data storehouses and financial centers? Can there be virtual micropowers? Virtual nation-states?

Tangurena

>Was it Bruce Sterling or Neil Stephenson who wrote about small countries becoming powerful by being secure data storehouses and financial centers?
Neil Stephenson. The book is Cryptonomicon.
http://www.amazon.com/Cryptonomicon-Neal-Stephenson/dp/0380788624

John Robb

Stirling in "Islands in the Net" Datahavens.

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